29 June, 2012

♡ Label Lust ♡ -- Underground Shoes

Second on my 'label lust' list is Underground and their be-a-utiful creepers. I've blogged before about the creepers they did in association with Lazy Oaf, here, but there's some new kids on the block that I'm currently lusting over... the wedge creeper :)








All creepers are £109, except for the final pair which are £125 (£112.50 with student discount ;))

I particularly like all these creepers as they keep the original creeper look, style and quirkiness, yet they're feminine. As soon as I have a little more dollar I'm definitely going to consider investing in a pair, maybe the pink and leopard print ones, or the sky blue suede, which are your favourite?

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27 June, 2012

If there's one book you must read... Week #14

Book #14 -- Chances by Jackie Collins



Chosen by my long-standing partner in crime, Danielle :D

What Danielle says: (to come, apologies!)

Blurb*: 'The book that made Jackie Collins one of America’s favorite authors sweeps you from the sophisticated playgrounds of Europe to the glittering gambling palaces of Las Vegas. It plunges you into the reckless, dangerous world of the Santangelo crime family. It introduces you to Gino Santangelo, the street kid who makes it all the way to the top. And then brings you Lucky—his sensual, stunningly beautiful, and passionate daughter; a woman who dares to win her father’s empire for herself; a woman unafraid of taking…CHANCES.'

* blurb taken from http://jackiecollins.com/book/chances/

I've previously mentioned how Danielle got me hooked on Jackie Collins, and I have this novel thanks to her (it's going to be my beach read when I go to Italy, perfect non?) Jackie's books are very readable and perfect if you want to switch off, relax, and dream of a much more glamourous exciting existence. If you've not read any Jackie, this one is a must!

If there's one book you think people must read, what is it? Let me know via twitter :)


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Unfortunately there won't be a 'one book you must read' for a couple of weeks as I'm away in Italy, HOWEVER, I've scheduled a few other cheeky posts to wet your whistle while I'm gone :)

24 June, 2012

June Favourites - Beauty

OHAI! This month's favourites are all beauty products :)


01. Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Foam, £4.50 (currently on offer at Boots) in shade 4.15 'Iced Mocha'

I've been dying my hair for longer than I can remember so anything that makes it easier is golden in my book! I've recently been using Garnier Nutrisse hairdyes and have found the colour to be really good + the conditioner that comes with the dye leaves your hair super soft and silky :) the foam formula of this particular dye makes it much easier to use, compared to the traditional liquid. I found that the foam meant that application was a lot easier and thorough. I was certain that all my hair had been covered and the end result was brilliant. I cannot fault it at all, especially now that it's on offer for only £4.50, bargain!

02. Kleenex make-up wipes, £1.99

I originally bought these wipes when they first came out as they were on offer in Tescos. Since then I've bought cheaper wipes only to reinforce how good the Kleenex ones actually are. The wipe itself is thick and quilted meaning you're able to use the wipe more like a cloth. Every single one was also really wet (am I the only one who sometimes finds the wipes towards the top of a new packet are a bit dry?) Perfect for sensitive skin and eyes, the best make-up wipes I've used in a long time.

03. Superdrug 'Simply Pure' SPF15 face cream for sensitive skin, £2.59

This was a money saver (I was feeling too tight to buy my usual Simple light moisturiser!) For the money it's very good; it smells pleasant, leaves my face feeling soft and moisturised all day + it contains SPF :) the only downside was the formulation, the only thing I can liken it to is suncream, it's quite thick and takes a little bit of effort to rub it in, apart from that, thumbs up!

04. Garnier Ambre Solaire 'Golden Protect' Medium SPF20, £7.49

I'm a sucker for anything shimmery so this suncream is poifect! It doesn't contain any fake tan (seriously, why does that not exist?!) BUT it does contain a pearly shimmer and it smells divine. What more could a girl want from a suncream? :)

Let me know if you've tried any of the products, what did you think? I also got a sample of Benefit's 'the Porefessional' to try, from this month's Glamour, maybe it will make next month's favourites :)

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20 June, 2012

If there's one book you must read... Week #13

Book #13 -- The Mask of Troy by David Gibbins




Chosen by my housemate, Gina :)

What Gina likes: aspects of Greek mythology mixed with modern history and Nazi Germany.

Amazon blurb: 'Jack Howard becomes part of a terrifying legacy and a race against time, in the action-packed new adventure from bestselling author David Gibbins.
Greece. 1876. Heinrich Schliemann, the great archaeologist, raises the Mask of Agamemnon and makes a mind-blowing discovery. Determined to keep it a secret until the time is right, he then dies. Germany. 1945. The liberation of a concentration camp reveals clues to lost antiquities stolen by the Nazis. But the operation is covered up after a deadly secret surfaces. Northern Aegean. Present day. Marine archaeologist Jack Howard discovers a shipwreck, part of the war fleet of Agamemnon, king of the Greeks, and soon becomes embroiled in a desperate chase across Europe against a ruthless enemy...'

If there's one book you think people must read, what is it? Let me know via twitter :)


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16 June, 2012

Wherefore art thou... perfect swimsuit?

Still my most read post: Wherefore art thou... perfect bikini!? Every woman understands the pain of trying to find swimwear that suits your figure but also suits its purpose (strapless Topshop swimsuit SS11 I'm looking at you, yes you looked good but as soon as I lifted my arms up you fell down! tut tut!)

This summer the hunt continues, this time for the perfect swimsuit. I found some lovely (cheap ish) bikinis last year in Monsoon/Accessorize and Tesco, however, I thought this year it would be nice to add a swimsuit to the collection, for those days when you're not feeling in top bikini stomach-baring shape.

ASOS had some beautiful pieces, almost all £150+, no thank you! Even my old favourite Tescos let me  down :( my search then turned to good ol' Marks and Spencer. Hallelujah! I'd struck gold. The pieces I ordered were:

£29.50 

£22.50 


£35


£35 + featured in this month's Company magazine


£29.50

The final two are my favourites, the others seemed a little bit too boring/old, & I've decided to keep the flamingo one. M&S are a little more pricey than I would have like to have paid but the fit of the suits is really good & I feel good in them which is priceless :) I'm now ready for Italy on wednesday, bring it on! :D

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13 June, 2012

If there's one book you must read... Week #12

Book #12 'the bestseller' -- Angels and Demons by Dan Brown




Chosen by the lovely Emma :)

What Emma says: 'I'm fascinated by the mystery surrounding the illuminati and the Catholic church.'

Amazon blurb: 'It takes guts to write a novel that combines an ancient secret brotherhood, the Swiss Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, a papal conclave, mysterious ambigrams, a plot against the Vatican, a mad scientist in a wheelchair, particles of anti-matter, jets that can travel 15,000 miles per hour, crafty assassins, a beautiful Italian physicist and a Harvard professor of religious iconology. It takes talent to make that novel anything but ridiculous. Kudos to Dan Brown (Digital Fortress) for achieving the nearly impossible. Angels and Demons is a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the-stops, breathless tangle of a thriller--think Katherine Neville's The Eight (but cleverer) or Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum (but more accessible).
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is shocked to find proof that the legendary secret society, the Illuminati--dedicated since the time of Galileo to promoting the interests of science and condemning the blind faith of Catholicism--is alive, well, and murderously active. Brilliant physicist Leonardo Vetra has been murdered, his eyes plucked out and the society's ancient symbol branded upon his chest. His final discovery, anti-matter, the most powerful and dangerous energy source known to man, has disappeared--only to be hidden somewhere beneath Vatican City on the eve of the election of a new pope. Langdon and Vittoria, Vetra's daughter and colleague, embark on a frantic hunt through the streets, churches and catacombs of Rome, following a 400-year-old trail to the lair of the Illuminati, to prevent the incineration of civilisation.
Brown seems as much juggler as author--there are lots and lots of balls in the air in this novel, yet Brown manages to hurl the reader headlong into an almost surreal suspension of disbelief. While the reader might wish for a little more sardonic humour from Langdon and a little less bombastic philosophising on the eternal conflict between religion and science, these are less fatal flaws than niggling annoyances--readers should have no trouble skimming past them and immersing themselves in a heck of a good read. "Brain candy" it may be, but it's tasty. -- Kelly Flynn, Amazon.com'

I have also read Angels and Demons, and it's cult-hit sequel The Da Vinci Code, both of which I really enjoyed. Dan Brown's Robert Langdon books have received a lot of criticism from literary critics, due in part to the mass success on the novels, and also their somewhat simplistic style. However, if you're looking for an easy, gripping read I'd definitely recommend this book. As an introduction to the ideas surrounding the Illuminati it's perfect, being not too heavy. If you're looking for a literary classic, this may not be the book for you but if you haven't read it and are interested in the subject matter I'd say it's definitely worth reading, if only to join in on the Dan Brown debate.

If there's one book you think people must read, what is it? Let me know via twitter :)


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11 June, 2012

♡ Label Lust ♡ -- Miu Miu

I've recently been perusing the web for a beautiful new wallet/purse and upon my travels I found the gawjus Miu Miu site.

Last season I absolutely loved the Miu Miu sparkly booties, seen on the likes of Alexa Chung & co.

Picture from: http://www.lesmads.de/blogs/chuhchuh/2011/05/va_va_voom_die_herbstkollektion_von_miu_miu.php

And this season Miu Miu have not disappointed...

Be-a-utiful sparkly wedges :D (£460)

Cuuuute Swarovski crystal and plexiglass bracelet (£175)

Cutie pie bowling pin shorts (£420)

Gorgeous slouchy leather bag (nom!) (£950)

And of course, the fruit of my quest, the purses!

Patent nappa leather wallet (£275)

Madras goat leather wallet (£240)

Madras goat leather wallet, zips up along one side and along the top (cheeky!) (£240)

And my personal favourite, this gorgeous sunshiney egg yolk yellow madras goat leather wallet :) (£240)

I'm not going to pretend that I can afford all these things (I wish) but a girl can dream, and window e-shopping never hurt anyone :)

The hunt for the perfect new purse continues...

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08 June, 2012

Bare ankles used to mean adventure, with you they still do

I've previously spoken of my love for Maximo Park here. I could go on for days about why I like them, but if you like pop-y melodies, beautiful lyrics (for some reason a lot of them remind me of Philip Larkin, a big plus for me), & incredibly energetic live performances you HAVE to check them out (if you haven't already, where have you been?)

I went to see them live in Brum on Wednesday at the tiny, but brilliant, Glee Club, ahead of their new album release on Monday.




 The first single from the album is the incredibly catchy 'Hips & Lips'



Buy the new album from Monday (click to buy/pre-order)


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Title: 'Let's Get Clinical' Maximo Park

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06 June, 2012

If there's one book you must read... Week #11

Book #11 'reminding us of the importance of memories' -- Before I go to Sleep by S. J. Watson


Chosen by my friend, Natalee.

What Natalee says: 'This book really makes you appreciate your memories and gut instinct.'

Blurb*: 'Memories define us so what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Welcome to Christine's life. Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle- aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories.
But it’s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband’s knowledge, that directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities—tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scenes from her former life—and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before the accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine’s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory?
Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more un- believable it seems.'

* Blurb taken from http://www.sjwatson-books.com/beforeigotosleep/about/

If there's one book you think people must read, what is it? Let me know via twitter :)


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05 June, 2012

Jubliee Goodies: get them while they're still about!

It's the last official day of the Jubilee weekend, however, that doesn't mean you can't snap up some last minute goodies; namely lovely Jubilee noms :D







Marks and Spencer's goodies :)








And, possibly the best, last...


Thanks to my pal, Ed :)

Hope you all had an incredible Jubilee weekend and Bank Holiday! God Save the Queen :)

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+ brilliant new 'If there's one book you must read...' tomorrow at 10am :D
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